When was the last time you carried out a fire drill?
FIVE realistic tips for making your fire evacuation drills more successful!
- Carry out regular fire drills throughout the year. This ensures that all staff, customers and visitors to your premises understand what they need to do in the event of an emergency. Make sure you practice for something that might happen, so that if you really do need to evacuate your building in an emergency, you are safe in the knowledge that you have done everything you can to make it work.
- If you are a School, then a simulated fire evacuation should be carried out in every term time. This allows for newly joined pupils and staff to be aware of the School fire evacuation procedures, as they may differ from previous Schools. This also ensures that students and teachers alike have the opportunity to practice safe evacuation.
- Staff should not always be informed of fire drills, as it creates a ‘realistic need to evacuate the building’ and highlights how to deal with human behaviour in times of a stressful situation. Lessons are there to be learnt. However, REMEMBER to notify the Fire Service of your intended fire drill before hand, if your fire alarm system is directly linked to your local Fire Brigade.
- Ensure that EVERYONE in your building participates. Even those with mobility problems. We see more often than not that businesses don’t encourage this, as they think that it is too much hassle or they don’t want to be seen as discriminating people with disabilities. Don’t forget you are also responsible for getting people with restricted mobility out of your building in the event of an emergency. So involve these people as much as you can.
- By carrying out regular fire drills it highlights issues that you may not have realised, such as the effectiveness of your fire evacuation plan, as well as improving certain aspects of your fire provisions. By carrying out these basic rules you will be evaluating the current fire evacuation plan and making effective changes so that the next time it will be more safe and efficient. It is also important to records your findings and by carrying out these fire drills this will ensure that you are continually reassessing and improving.
Don’t take the attitude that it won’t happen to you. Just take a look at your local news!
Fire breaks out at Timms UK factory in Tamworth - 11 March 2015
Hotel leisure complex evacuated after chemical accident Hinckley - 12 March 2015
Dowty fire: Gloucestershire factory 'severely damaged' – 5 February 2016
SFRS dealt with early morning blaze at offices in Forfar - 6 March 2015
100 people evacuated from Bethnal Green hotel fire - 9 March 2015
Fire at Eastern High School in Cardiff extinguished -10 March 2015
Manchester University evacuated over chemical fears just ... - 4 March 2015
Fires happen every day. Some with serious consequences!
Why not contact the team on 0844 800 1775 to see how the Escape Mobility specialists can support you with emergency evacuation planning, from choosing the right evacuation chairs or mattresses, to planning your staff training and evacuation product servicing. Escape Mobility are here to support you!